Attractively-scented pinot noir with floral, violet, dark cherry, berry and spice flavours. Sweet fruit restrained by a backbone of firm tannins. Accessible now but deserves a few years in bottle to bring out its best
This has a very rich, ripe and attractive feel with innate depth that arrives by means of the region, experience and methods in play here. The dark and red cherries and plums are beautifully fresh and vibrant and framed in earthy, sappy notes that add complexity. The palate is intense yet plush. The rich dark cherries are cleverly captured and wrapped in reassuringly long, smooth tannins. Lots to like here! Drink or hold. Screw cap.
The wine is gorgeously expressed on the nose showing ripe strawberry, cherry, mixed spice, cedar and floral characters. The palate delivers excellent weight and vibrant fruit intensity, wonderfully supported by fine texture and polished tannins. Beautifully poised and styled. At its best: now to 2024.
Winemaker Larry McKenna is known as the King of Pinot Noir in the Wairarapa-Martinborough region and this wine, as well as his single vineyards, clearly demonstrates why. Highly perfumed and spicy, it's a heady combo of bright red berries, greengage plums, cloves, cedar and a streak of minerality like morning sun warming stones. On the palate, tannins are powdery and fine, slinking around crunchy red berries. This is a tightrope walk of elegance and purity, delicacy and power.
The raspberry coulis and cherry compote flavors are fresh, with a thread of acidity that highlights rosemary and loam details. Velvety tannins firm up on the finish. Drink now through 2029. (MW)
Mainly picked between the two serious rains that fell on Martinborough during the vintage, the 2017 Pinot Noir is a medium-bodied, firm wine. Herbal notes accent plum and cherry fruit in a wine that's still structured and concentrated despite the challenges of the year. (JC)
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